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Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:12 pm

Welcome to the 3rd sequel to the very successful Nigeria Aviation Thread !

There are reports that the state government of booming Cross River is finalizing plans to launch a brand new airport project for the state capital Calabar, in a joint partnership with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This is to improve the state's infrastructure in anticipation of a boom in tourist arrivals following completion of various projects (including http://www.tinapa.com).

The new airport might cost up to N13 billion (USD 100 million) according to press releases.

Does anyone have a link to the press release?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:27 pm

Here is the Aviation in Nigeria archive:
Aviation In Nigeria: Overview And Update (by KL577 Nov 6 2006 in Civil Aviation) Aviation In Nigeria II (2007) (by ENU Jan 2 2007 in Civil Aviation)
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:03 am

Gentlemen!

The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation. The NCAA director was quoted last week as saying that 6 x 737-400s of undisclosed airline(s) have been inspected abroad and ready for import. Perhps they belong to Chanchangi?

From the Guardian:

Airlines seek shift in deadline to recapitalise
There are indications that a number of domestic airlines operators may not meet the April 30, 2007 deadline given to them by the Federal Government to recapitalise and acquire new aircraft for their operations. Some of the operators, who spoke to The Guardian, said the requirements for capitalisation were huge and described the scheme as not feasible due to the short notice given them to comply with such a serious issue. The Federal Government had last week issued a circular on recapitalisation in the aviation industry, detailing the new measures. Reacting to the development, the airlines said the requirements by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) were not such that an airline could meet up with within a year, not to talk of the one-month period contained in the circular. The airlines particularly cited the requirements that airlines wishing to operate within Nigeria must have a minimum of two new generation aircraft. Put together they said, the cost of leasing aircraft and other assets would translate to a total of N500 million.



More from http://www.guardiannews.com
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:28 am

VK is starting LOS-PHG (=NAF Base) flights from the 19th of March till July, 4 times a day with a Fokker 50.
It's very profitable route only served by Aero and (more or less) Arik until now, it seems VK wants their part of the cake. I assume these flights influence load factors to Owerri...
No official confirmation yet, but the statement in the newspapers last week by Arik Air's HC also makes more sense now.

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
NCAA director was quoted last week as saying that 6 x 737-400s of undisclosed airline(s) have been inspected abroad and ready for import. Perhps they belong to Chanchangi?

Do they have enough capital at their disposal to make such an investment? Would be a nice surprise, if it appears to be Bellview...
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:02 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 3):
VK is starting LOS-PHG (=NAF Base) flights from the 19th of March till July, 4 times a day with a Fokker 50.
It's very profitable route only served by Aero and (more or less) Arik until now, it seems VK wants their part of the cake. I assume these flights influence load factors to Owerri...

Is this the Denim Air Fokker 50 that Arik Air had also planned to lease?

What will happen after PHC opens again? Do you expect the DH8 and F50 to stick around and open some new smaller destinations for W3 AND VK such as Ilorin, Katsina, maybe even a far away but not so busy destination such as Yola?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:34 pm

Fellow A.netters, when will our Nigerian friends learn?

The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank to form and finance a brand new domestic carrier with a brand new all Boeing 737 fleet (736,737,738, and 739s) serving the country and expanding into part of Africa.

It's really not that hard. Ethiopian Airlines did it, Kenya Airways did it, Bangladesh Airways (Biman) just did it!

Business school types who are fans of airliners.net can help set up and run this thing. Me? yes I'm one of them but, I'm staying on the sidelines till they blow everything up then, I'm calling on all of you to come in and help set this new airline up (sorry, can't reveal more of my business plan just yet Smile.

Until that happens we are going to see more scams and rubbish domestic carriers that can't keep up with demand. When our so called business leaders go out and by used 737-400s or the like that are a few hundred cycles away from a "D" check what are we doing?

As you know, when it come to a "D" check you know Nigerians won't pay for the service because the business owner would not have seen their ROI before the "D" check comes due and will want his (or her) planes in the air for as long as possible. And, because the plane does not fly outside Nigeria no one will care or be the wiser. Then it's only a matter of time before the next crash.

When will we learn indeed!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:39 pm

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank to form and finance a brand new domestic carrier with a brand new all Boeing 737 fleet (736,737,738, and 739s) serving the country and expanding into part of Africa.

Please forgive me, but you sound like you are out of touch with aviation developments in Nigeria. Nigeria does not need a brand new carrier because it already has two new entrants, relatively well-capitalized and are being run to international standards (Virgin Nigeria and Arik Air, which has taken delivery of 4 CRJ-900s and is about to place an order for B737NGs.

Add to that the growing Aerocontractors, taking delivery of brand new Dash 8-300s and older Boeing 737-400s. But what about the 737-400 and -300 series? They are still operated globally and aren't exactly refered to as 'geriatric' aircraft. It's all about economics, and let's not forget there is a general shortage of brand new aircraft to lease worldwide.

I will agree with you that airlines in Nigeria have traditionally failed the flying customers, with unreliable flight schedules, outdated and under-maintained aircraft, but if you actually look closer during the past 2 years, there are encouraging signs everywhere. I suggest you read the previous posts about Nigerian aviation (scroll up for the links).

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:21 pm

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
Fellow A.netters, when will our Nigerian friends learn?



Quoting AsoRock (Reply 6):
Please forgive me, but you sound like you are out of touch with aviation developments in Nigeria.

Yes, a lot has been happening in Nigerian avation lately. W3, VK and AJ fly modern fleets comparable in age to any major US or EU carrier. Aircraft finances might have indeed been a problem in the past, but with the (last year) reorganized banking sector this isn't a problem any longer. Indeed read the past two avation threads on NG to get better updated!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:59 pm

Arik Air will possibly get their two CRJ200's soon, they are stored in Canada right now, former Independence Air aircraft (N695BR and N697BR).


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I'm just wondering where they need all these small aircraft for, as they leased the Dash 8's for a term of one year, it cannot be a substitution for them (or the planning is poor).
Are the CRJ900's competitive with VK's B733's on the major routes? They definitely need more B73NG of something equivalent to expand in West Africa.

Source: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=AIK&al_op=1

Quoting KL577 (Reply 4):
Is this the Denim Air Fokker 50 that Arik Air had also planned to lease?

I assume not (although the lessor could be Denim Air too), but I hope to let you know soon.

[Edited 2007-03-13 17:02:23]
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:11 am

Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
Does anyone have a link to the press release?

Here you go: http://www.crossriverstate.com/state%20news%20page_acaa44.htm
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:18 am

Quoting ENU (Reply 8):
I'm just wondering where they need all these small aircraft for, as they leased the Dash 8's for a term of one year, it cannot be a substitution for them (or the planning is poor).

I think I read somewhere that they expect to get B738 or B737-700 soon for international operations. The same article announced Kano and Sokoto as the next domestic destinations for Arik. But why would they start destinations VK already serves? Why not try Maiduguri, Yola or Jos first and establish yourself locally as the preferred carrier?

I think some close international destinations could be considered as well with the CRJs, maybe NIM, NDJ or NSI. But I doubt loads to these destinations are gonna justify even a CRJ. Aero's flight to Bamako has been suspended following the maintenance of their B734, but I doubt whether it will come back, loads were reportedly very poor. Same way NIM, NDJ, NSI might not be attractive (unless you let them connect with a cheap flight to CDG).
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:27 am

Quoting Africawings (Reply 5):
The simple solution to the problem in Nigeria would be for the largest banks to pull together and work with Exim Bank

The issue with Airlines in Nigeria is not Exim Bank finance or financing from a consortium of local banks. The problem is that Airlines in Nigeria are all still privately owned entities including Virgin Nigeria. Virgin Nigeria and Aero could easily raise capital in the hot Nigerian capital markets (26 companies raised an average of US$500 million each in 2006). ADC Airlines did do an IPO but only as a last desperate attempt to save a moribund Airline. That offering was eventually squelched by the ADC crash in Abuja. Mr Otedola the sole owner of Bellview has consistently refused to offer shares to the investing public or interested Institutional investors and has preferred to be the sole and out right owner of Bellview. It is too late now for him to go public because Bellview is now clearly ailing. Without fresh injection of capital, Bellviews goal of fleet renewal is a pipe dream.

Many African business people would rather destroy their businesses due to lack of capital than to share ownership. Virgin Nigeria is a work in progress. It is hoped that a big IPO (Initial Public Offering) will take place in 2008 to supplement or pay off the $100 million 24 month Eurodollar Bond they are about to issue. Aero is in the firm grip of the Ibru family of Nigeria, the family from Holland (I have forgotten their name - owners of Aero Contractors) and Oceanic Bank Group (another Ibru entity but a public company). I do not see any IPO in future from them. With the exception of KQ, ET, SAA and VK, most Sub Saharan African Airlines are totally under capitalized or supported directly by Government funds as is the case with TAAG.

Another example of under capitalization is Slok Air. Slok Air was founded by Nigeria businessman and current Governor of Abia State in South East Nigeria. It has been alledged that he looted State funds to set up Slok between 2003 and 2005. At it's peak in 2005 Slok had 6 very old 732s. After Mr Kalu fell out with President Obasanjo in 2005, Slok was forced to move bases to The Gambia. As EFCC's investigations into corruption in Nigeria intensified from 2005, Slok's fortunes dwindled. It is now a faint shadow of it's old self with only one operational 732. The rest are abandoned at Banjul Airport. Arik Air is also starting to show serious financial distress. Which is in line with the falling fortunes of it's secret owner.

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:54 am

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 11):
Many African business people would rather destroy their businesses due to lack of capital than to share ownership.

You hit the nail on the head. It makes perfect economic sense for a couple of these operators to pull resources together and maybe go public and run a single airline with 9 or so planes rather than 6 airines with 1.5 planes! Pride and egos have stood in the way of not just the aviation industry but all industries in Nigeria as a whole. Showing off comes first for most Nigerian businessmen and public officials. Until that mentality is resolved, not much is going to change in that place.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:09 am

Virgin Nigeria has delayed its first commercial 767-300 flight from April 6 to May 2nd. Sources are hinting this action was taken bearing in mind Nigeria's upcoming elections in mid April and the sensitive political situation expected... VK is as cautious as ever.

On the domestic front, VK will be operating an additional second daily flight to Calabar (VK83) on April 1/2/3 to coincide with the inauguration of Tinapa Business Resort (http://www.tinapa.com). Separately, and according to speedwings, the airline is looking to wet lease a DASH-8-300 on ACMI basis for a period of 1 year. This aircraft would service the PHC (NAF) route, now on high demand especially that FAAN announced PHC would not reopen before October 2007.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:10 am

Quote:

19 March 07

VIRGIN NIGERIA RESUMES FLIGHT OPERATIONS ON LAGOS - PORT HARCOURT ROUTE

Lagos, Nigeria: 19 March 2007: Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited will on Wednesday 21 March 2007 resume flight operations to Port Harcourt operating a Fokker 50 aircraft into the Nigeria Air Force Base (NAF Base) Port Harcourt.



Source and further information: http://www.virginnigeria.com/en/ng/press/pr2007-3-19.html

Origin and registration of the used aircraft still unknown to me.

EDIT: EurostarVA, you beat me by 8 seconds! To add some more info: VK also increased the frequency to Sokoto to three times a week.

[Edited 2007-03-19 22:15:08]
 
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Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:17 am

VK's Fokker 50 is also wet-leased from Denim Air, it's PH-JXK according to Skyliner (PH-JXJ is with Arik).


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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:46 pm

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 13):
FAAN announced PHC would not reopen before October 2007.

But have they started the work by now?

Arik Air has completed their ticket counter in Kano, expect to see operations soon (although I won't see it since I am getting out of the country to avoid any political unrest around the elections).
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:37 pm

Quoting KL577 (Reply 16):
(although I won't see it since I am getting out of the country to avoid any political unrest around the elections).

O ye of little faith!!  biggrin  In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:57 pm

VK's F50 pictured in Palma. I wonder why is VK still painting its aircraft using the old logo and fontface? The new one is much more contemporary-looking.



Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
O ye of little faith!! In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.

I totally agree, in fact I could not agree more, especially with the reference to instability with respect to the French elections!
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:18 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 17):
O ye of little faith!! In spite of all the drama and threats flying around in the Nigerian media, things are relatively calm. There has been more drama or/and violence surrounding the elections or upcoming elections in Mexica, Tajikistan, France, Pakistan or Bangladesh. With all the bellicose statements from Atiku, remember, the louder the dog the safer it is!. Aviation in Nigeria will definately show dramatic improvements with a regime that will improve on the Obasanjo regime and more importantly with a good Aviation Minister.

Many told me, and I believed the elections would be generally quiet, nevertheless political riots between ANPP and PDP supporters did brake out last week in a suburb of Kano and to be honest I am not so sure anymore it will all be peaceful. Anyway, when I had to plan my holiday this year, it thought it to be convenient to avoid both the election days and the hot season in Kano.

Anyway let's hope indeed a professional aviation minister will start the job after May 29th!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:48 pm

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation.

Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3600
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:21 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 2):
The much-feared deadline for airline recapitalization is fast approaching (April 30) and already some carriers are expressing concerns of their inability to meet the deadline! It's also interesting to see NCAA implement their new policy of 2 "modern" aircraft minimum for any airline in operation.

Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

This is from the Guardian today:

"The NCAA chief noted that big carriers like Chanchangi, Bellview, Arik, Aero Contractors and Virgin Nigeria had already complied with the stipulated criteria, adding that the problem was with the smaller carriers."

http://www.guardiannewsngr.com/news/article03

I guess they only mean that these have met the new capital requirements, not the reuiqrement of replacing old aircraft.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:36 pm

The "new aircraft" policy is vague. Specific criteria should be used including any combination of the following: Age of airframe, number of cycles, flight hours, etc. I'm sure Demuren is working on this. Thumbs up to this man.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:46 pm

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 18):
I wonder why is VK still painting its aircraft using the old logo and frontface? The new one is much more contemporary-looking.

I'm not sure if this will happen anyway, VS's aircraft only have a slightly changed tail logo as well (as VK's B737 compared to the A340).
I hope these stickers are well stuck! The A330 has new stickers after the original ones fell off just after one day.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:46 pm

woops. posted same message twice.

[Edited 2007-03-20 15:48:14]
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:22 pm

Oceanair of Brazil announces its plans to operate daily flights to Lagos beginning May 2007:

http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/news.php?ID=3031
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:26 am

Quoting ENU (Reply 20):
Fresh Air acquired a former TranSky B737. Not really an impressive 'merger'...

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/view...=3600

but the a/c looks really FRESH!!!  duck   duck   duck 
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:31 am

Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government.

http://www.aeroworldnews.com.br/foto_detalhe.php?codigo=1552
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:49 am

Quoting Viasa (Reply 27):
Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government.

Charming! It's becoming a fashion for Nigerian states to purchase their own executive jets. It's kind of ironic because most Nigerian states lack functional hospitals, roads, and power. On a positive note, I hope Bauchi Govt. (which is one of the least corrupt in Nigeria, in contrast to Rivers Govt.) will put the aircraft to good use, accelerating foreign direct investment, etc.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:43 am

The aircraft is titled 'Yankari', perhaps it will be used to ferry tourists to Bauchi (Yankari Game Reserve)?
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:56 am

Quoting Viasa (Reply 27):
Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government

Bauchi State Government has been fighting for years to regain control of Yankari Game Reserve which could easily be a huge tourism draw for the State. Yankari Game Reserve has declined over the years and has never lived up to it's fantastic potentials (as in Serengeti, Etosha, Masi Mara, Kruger etc) largely due to neglect from the Federal Government. I won't be surprised if this is Bauchi State's attempt to start an airlink between Lagos/Abuja and Yankari Game Reserve. States like Cross Rivers, Lagos, Niger and Bauchi are just beginning to realize their tourism potentials. Bauchi State should immediately partner with experienced private sector tour operators instead of going it alone.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:34 am

Doesn't Overland fly to Bauchi from Abuja? Is this service still active? Yankari National Park is not far from Bauchi, besides I doubt Yankari has an airfield of its own anyway?
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:58 am

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 31):
Doesn't Overland fly to Bauchi from Abuja? Is this service still active? Yankari National Park is not far from Bauchi, besides I doubt Yankari has an airfield of its own anyway?

Not according the schedule on their website. Yankari has no airstrip (and website unfortunately), but you could travel to Bauchi or Jos.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:18 pm

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 31):
I doubt Yankari has an airfield of its own anyway?

I went to school in Jos and was aware at that time (many eons ago) that there was an airstrip at Yankari. Not unlike those in the outback in Australia. Several States including Delta (Asaba) and Akwa Ibom (Uyo) have recently awarded contracts for the construction of International Cargo/Passenger Airports. The Asaba International Airport in Delta was awarded to a Chinese Construction Company. The start of construction was shifted from February 2007 to the end of March 2007 to enable the Chinese engineers to change the original designs to allow for B747 type aircraft. I was one of those who lobbied for the Asaba Airport. It fills an important gap between Benin City and Enugu (300 km). It is also only 10 miles from the largest market town in Africa - Onitsha in Anambra State.

Onitsha traders are the largest importers of vehicle spare parts and finished consumer electrical goods by air freight from Asia. Flying goods into Asaba would reduce transit time from Lagos to Onitsha by 2 to 3 days from date of arrival as well as reduce the loss of goods along the bad roads. Anambra State started its own airport at Oba. The ongoing political crisis in that State has ground construction to a halt. The roads between Oba and Onitsha are also in a very bad shape.

So I would not be surprised if Bauchi decides to build an airport or converts the Yankari Airstrip into a local airport.
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:38 pm

Quoting Viasa (Reply 27):
Here is a picture of the first Embraer 135 of Bauchi State Government.

What's it doing in a field?! I don't see any runway/taxyway/hard core going on there.

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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:54 pm

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 33):
It is also only 10 miles from the largest market town in Africa - Onitsha in Anambra State.

Onitsha does have an airstrip as well, but its serviceability today is in question. I recall it was served by an FH-227 operator, Concord Airlines if memory serves me well. That was ... ages ago!

I agree that Nigeria needs airports, but I think 36 states will ultimately have to cooperate and the smaller ones should share small but high-quality + international standard airfields (and I mean fully equipped safety-wise as well as full passenger amenities). To demonstrate my point, look what Uyo and Calabar are doing, both want to build airports at astaggering cost of $100m and above yet they are only about 50 kms apart! In an ideal situation this overlap would be avoided and Akwa Ibom could for example build a world-class port facility linked by rail to Calabar (Maiduguri-Calabar axis). What we see on the ground is Cross River dredging its port using federal govt. money. Nobody can blame them because CR is perhaps Nigeria's fastest developing state, but you get my point!

To sum the above, I think that airport development should tie into Nigeria's transport master plan which was prepared a few years back. This would optimize use of resources and would serve development at large, rather than serve political and pride purposes.

[Edited 2007-03-21 07:56:15]
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:03 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 32):
Not according the schedule on their website. Yankari has no airstrip (and website unfortunately), but you could travel to Bauchi or Jos.

I think the Overland service has indeed been suspended. There is an airstrip in Yankari, in Wikki Camp just behind the chalets, it is used by an aircraft for anti-poaching patrol. I hope they won't develop the airstrip inside the park for commercial flights, as this would ruin the atmosphere in the place. Better to make sure that Bauchi airport is upgraded.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:04 pm

Quoting KL577 (Reply 36):
There is an airstrip in Yankari, in Wikki Camp just behind the chalets, it is used by an aircraft for anti-poaching patrol.

I stand corrected, I only recall the baboons...

Looks that they are upgrading the airstrip at Wikki Camp instead of Bauchi Azare Airstrip (from The Tide Online):

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The Yankari project will be carried out in two phases.

The first phase will involve the construction, improvement and renovation of existing facilities, while the second phase will consist of additional facilities such as golf course, lodges and an air strip.

Already, the administration says it has secured a donation of 270 species of wildlife from the Namibian government as part of efforts to boost the State's tourism potential.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:02 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 37):
I stand corrected, I only recall the baboons...

Which is one of the main reasons of getting there anyway! In fact herds of elephant usually migrate from the Yankari river towards the higher parts of the reserve thereby crossing the airstrip in the late afternoon (or vice versa early in the morning), so it's a good spot to observe elephants!

Quoting ENU (Reply 37):
Looks that they are upgrading the airstrip at Wikki Camp instead of Bauchi Azare Airstrip (from The Tide Online):

Bauchi and Azare are two different towns. Bauchi has a paved runway. Azare is a dusty town in Northern Bauchi state, halfway between Kano and Maiduguri. It had an airstrip once, but was converted into farm land by local farmers. The same for Potiskum's airfield. In fact both fields haven't been used for a long time, and when our company's pilot flew from Maiduguri to Kano some months ago, FAAN officials asked him to fly low over both towns to check if the airstrips were still there.

[Edited 2007-03-21 13:34:18]
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:25 pm

Quoting KL577 (Reply 38):
Bauchi and Azare are two different towns.

I am aware of that, but I incorrectly assumed that Azare is closer to Yankari than Bauchi (city). Has Bauchi Airport been upgraded? Can it handle B737's now?

A bit off topic, but Yankari was neglected at the time I was there, and unlucky enough the wildlife decided to hide itself mostly during our stay. A bit disappointing, however, if you find a chance, visit The Pendjari National Park (in neighbouring Benin)!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:54 am

Quoting ENU (Reply 39):
I am aware of that, but I incorrectly assumed that Azare is closer to Yankari than Bauchi (city). Has Bauchi Airport been upgraded? Can it handle B737's now?

Not that I am aware of.

Quoting ENU (Reply 39):
A bit off topic, but Yankari was neglected at the time I was there, and unlucky enough the wildlife decided to hide itself mostly during our stay.

Indeed off topic  Smile, but that's a pity. I have been there a couple of times and saw lots of elephants every time and lion, buffalos, crocodiles and lots of deer, duiker etc. If only they improved on the accomodation... (and maybe some flights from to Bauchi on that E-135  Wink )
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:26 am

Quoting KL577 (Reply 40):
and maybe some flights from to Bauchi on that E-135

Remains to be seen whether this will be a commercial undertaking! IMO It's not such a wild idea to run this plane on daily tourist charters from LOS, PHC, and ABV. Sustaining losses for the first year or two but in the process developing the Yankari product and route. Amazing what tourism can do!
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:30 pm

Virgin Nigeria may get right for Lagos-New York route this week!

According to Sir Richard Branson, who was in Nigeria on Wednesday, talks with American authorities were beginning to yield positive results. Saying that within the next two or three days, the airline will be permitted by the American authorities to begin a direct flight to the country from Nigeria.
Branson, who described his airline's adventure into the Nigerian market as highly successful, however, credited it to the people in the company.

No link yet, and hopefully more good news later this month!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:06 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 42):
Virgin Nigeria may get right for Lagos-New York route this week!

According to Sir Richard Branson, who was in Nigeria on Wednesday, talks with American authorities were beginning to yield positive results. Saying that within the next two or three days, the airline will be permitted by the American authorities to begin a direct flight to the country from Nigeria.

That is good news! US authorities making another U-turn for the Virgin group in a matter of days!
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:28 pm

Great news today... Branson confirms to us Virgin Nigeria was a victim of US-UK aeropolitics. Now that Virgin America is cleared, we can expect the US DoT to announce a "provisional" clearance to VK perhaps, subject to FAA clearance of Nigerian airports in April....

Hopefully these developments will encourage VK to source for more widebodies...
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:27 pm

Fresh Air also acquired a former Dasab B737-200:

Picture and source: http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3604

Judging their website, they look not to be focusing on scheduled services: http://www.freshairline.com/home.htm

Quote:
Though Fresh Air is licensed to operate both passenger and cargo flights within and outside Nigeria, our main services include:

Trader flights between Lagos, Sao Tome, Kinshasa, Freetown, Luanda.
Overnight Mail and Parcel Delivery.
Security Charter Flights for Currencies and Instruments.
Group Charters like Pilgrimage Flight.
Tourist Flight Within and Outside Nigeria
Charter Flights for Airlines in West and Central Africa.
Trader Flights between Dubai, Kano, Port-Harcourt and Lagos.
Low Flying Aerial Photography.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:34 pm

Okada's possible resurrection was mentioned in one of the previous posts, well, here's another one:



"Albarkar airline is preparing to begin flight operations any moment from now.The airline was grounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), along with some others in 2006 when the nations recorded continuous crashes.

It was alleged to have failed to carry out C-checks, an important safety check on its fleet of Boeing aircraft.

But sources at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, said the airline has placed orders for 3 B737-400 aircraft and is planning to dispose off the existing B727 and 737 in its fleet.

The source said that the airline would have begun operations immediately but for the re-certification process it has to go through with the NCAA.

The process will take another three months.

The media manager, Biodun Odunuga, confirmed the development and described the move as a good one."

http://www.independentngonline.com/?c=83&a=23314
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:32 pm

Quoting ENU (Reply 15):
VK's Fokker 50 is also wet-leased from Denim Air, it's PH-JXK according to Skyliner (PH-JXJ is with Arik).



Quoting KL577 (Reply 21):
"The NCAA chief noted that big carriers like Chanchangi, Bellview, Arik, Aero Contractors and Virgin Nigeria had already complied with the stipulated criteria

Apparently, the NCAA changed their minds about Arik Air. Arik Air was fined for bringing into the country a Fokker 50 without the approval of the the NCAA.
http://www.businessdayonline.com/?c=44&a=11696
"A Fokker 50 airplane recently brought into the country by Arik Air has been impounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for lacking needed regulatory approvals."

http://www.businessdayonline.com/?c=132&a=11778
"Arik Air yesterday returned the Fokker 50 aircraft it leased from The Netherlands and brought into the country without official approval. This is in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

It would be recalled that the NCAA had wielded the big stick Tuesday, as it fined the airline $20, 000 for bringing in the aircraft without the agency�s approval, as well as ordering its being taken out of the country immediately."
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:43 pm

Is this all Yar'adua and Goodluck can afford? I hope it doesn't fall from the sky... Odili would have done better with his E-135!

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/viewphoto.main?LC=nav2&picid=3613

Quoting AMSSFO (Reply 47):
Apparently, the NCAA changed their minds about Arik Air. Arik Air was fined for bringing into the country a Fokker 50 without the approval of the the NCAA.

It's still not clear to me what went wrong, but anyway there was another interesting statement in the second link:

Quote:
We wish to reassure our esteemed passengers that none of our aircraft is grounded. In fact, plans have reached an advanced stage to acquire two brand new Boeing 737-700 in April 2007. In addition, our route network will soon include Kano and Sokoto.

There is a rumour going that the E135 of the Bauchi State government will be leased to IRS for commercial ends.
 
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RE: Nigeria Aviation Thread: Part 3

Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:59 pm

Speaking of rumors, Denim's F50 might not be the official aircraft to be assigned to the VK contract PH (NAF Base) route. Denim might deploy a DASH-8-300 for the purpose as soon as an aircraft is available... This would explain the white tail + engines.
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